Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Creative class, cities, people, neighbourhoods

These three reports from Hill Strategies' Statistical Insights on the Arts series highlight the number and earnings of artists in Canadian cities, small municipalities and neighbourhoods based on the 2001 census.
From Bronze to Gold outlines "10 solid steps toward a creative economy" and "five creative leaps to consider" in order to boost Canadian productivity and position Canada to compete more effectively in a global economy. From a cultural standpoint, this Canadian Council of Chief Executives report provides much encouragement but also some difficulties.
The concept of creativity, as applied to people, classes, neighbourhoods and cities, has been thrust into the limelight by the success of Richard Florida's book The Rise of the Creative Class. In this analysis, people want to live 'where things happen', creative class workers flock to creative locales, and jobs follow people, not the other way around.
This site contains brief summaries of how the arts contribute to six aspects of Canadian life: the economy; urban renewal; community identity and pride; positive change in communities; quality of life and quality of place; and youth development.
Ann Markusen, Greg Schrock and Martina Cameron, University of Minnesota

The Artistic Dividend Revisited updates Markusen's 2003 study on The Artistic Dividend (see Arts Research Monitor Vol. 2 No 5) by providing information from the 2000 U.S. Census on arts occupation clusters (performing artists, visual artists, writers and musicians) and the location decision-making of artists.

This report explores the potential clustering of arts and cultural industries in Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas using four main factors: cultural production; cultural employment; education in cultural programs; and the migration of cultural workers.
The most recent report in Hill Strategies' Statistical Insights on the Arts series highlights the number and earnings of artists in Canada's provinces, territories and Census Metropolitan Areas based on the 2001 census.
Four reports from Canadian Policy Research Networks (August 2004) provide information about: What is a creative city? What are some benefits of creative cities? What is required to build a creative city? What are the barriers and opportunities in the development of creative cities? How can public policy influence creative cities? Creative city case studies.
Competing for Talent: Implications for Social and Cultural Policy in Canadian City-Regions